ConCourtNews24 reports that a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has filed papers in the Constitutional Court seeking leave to challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa's order that the country should go into lockdown for 21 days to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).  

The Hola Bon Renaissance (HBR) Foundation cited Ramaphosa and others as respondents.  It wants the court to declare that Ramaphosa violated the Constitution and abused his powers when he implemented the lockdown.  It also claims the president is violating the rights of South Africans to human dignity, freedom of movement, freedom of trade, occupation and profession, and access to healthcare, food and water.  HBR wants the court to interdict the president from continuing with the lockdown and to declare that the coronavirus "poses no threat to the country and its people".  The state attorney's office has indicated that the state will oppose the application.

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